Research Insights: Suboccipital Muscles and Headaches

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Research Insights: Suboccipital Muscles and Headaches


For most massage therapists, releasing the suboccipital muscles is a very important part of treating the neck. In this course, our goal is to dive much more deeply into the subject of the suboccipital muscles, specifically focusing on what the research literature has to tell us about these muscles in anatomical structure, neurological and functional implications, and the relationship with headaches. As with so many subjects, the deeper you delve into it, the more interesting it becomes. At the same time, the course will also help participants become more comfortable with the structure of a research paper and how to use insights gained through research to apply to clinical settings. 

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To name two reasons that research is important to the clinical practice of massage therapy
To name the four sections of a research paper
To explain why a one research paper alone does not "prove" anything
To list the two attachments of the rectus capitis posterior minor
To cite the research that explains the correlation of RCPm hypertrophy and headaches. 
Citing research from Japan, cite the differences in the RCPm muscle and the RCPM muscle in terms of muscle fiber type. 
Citing research from Japan, name two common anatomical variations of the Rectus Capitis muscles. 
Citing Hallgren, et al, cite the EMG activity of the RCPm during protrusion and retrusion of the head.
Citing these studies, state the likely conclusion of the function of the RCPm muscle
Explain the relationship of the suboccipital muscles to the deep cervical flexors
Cite two research papers connecting forward head position and headaches